Cops faced down a thug who was wielding a 3ft long Samurai sword above his head and making threats to kill near Bedworth town centre.

PC James Fitzmaurice and PC Andrew Hoey were flagged down by frightened passers by.

A man, armed with a Samurai sword, was lashing out at people and making threats to kill.

The duo jumped out of their car to tackle him.

To their shock, they found he also had a switchblade, a small dagger, a ceremonial sword and hunting knife.

Fortunately, they managed to stop him in his tracks –  just 50 metres from the busy town centre.

‘We had to do something’

Speaking about the incident PC Hoey said: “Several calls were being received from members of the public reporting a male who was stating he was going to kill his brother.

“I could see he was holding a black coloured Samurai sword which was three foot in length and unsheathed.

“We had to do something, so we made the decision to get out of the car and confront him.”

PC Fitzmaurice added: “We had to do something, so both decided to tackle the armed man.

“He had the Samurai above his head. I also saw a secondary knife and believed he had multiple other weapons.”

For their incredible acts of bravery, the pair have been nominated for a Police Federation’s National Police Bravery Award.

Proud Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: “While most people’s instinct is to run from danger our officers are trained to confront it in order to protect our communities.

“PC Hoey and PC Fitzmaurice thought nothing of putting themselves in harms way in order to protect the public. They are a credit to themselves and the force; I am immensely proud of them and all the officers in Warwickshire who every day go out and patrol not knowing what they will encounter.

“Warwickshire Police has a proud history in this award with PC Andrew Dear winning the award in 2019. He was chosen following nominations from all 43 police forces.”

Warwickshire Police Federation Chairman, Simon Payne, said: “The actions of the officers were nothing short of remarkable.

“James and Andrew ran towards danger, knowing full well what they were facing. Their bravery and professionalism in protecting the public was at the forefront of their actions.

“If this man had reached the busy town centre, with the weapons he was carrying that day, I really fear for what may have happened.

“The fact this incident was brought to a peaceful conclusion is huge credit to this pair. They are a credit to policing and incredibly deserving nominees for The National Police Bravery Awards.”

‘Brilliant police work’

PC Fitzmaurice and PC Hoey will attend a prestigious daytime reception and evening awards ceremony in London in July next year as the 2020 event had to be cancelled due to coronavirus.

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “We are incredibly proud of all the nominees from across England and Wales. The actions of these courageous officers provide a small snapshot of the amazing work our colleagues carry out day in and day out.

“PC James Fitzmaurice and PC Andrew Hoey displayed brilliant police work and great instincts to get this situation under control. Like so many colleagues day in, day out, they ran towards the danger to protect the public. We are very proud of them.

“As a Police Federation, we wanted to make sure these brave officers received the recognition they deserve in the year their actions were meant to be celebrated. And we look forward to seeing them all in person – and revealing regional and national winners – when the time is right in 2021.”

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